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Ndamukong Suh explains absence, reiterates desire for long-term deal with Lions

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Ndamukong Suh spoke to the media on Wednesday and explained why he was absent from workouts earlier in the offseason. Also, he reiterated his desire for a long-term deal with the Detroit Lions.

Gregory Shamus

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh returned to the Detroit Lions this week for the team's first set of OTAs. Previously, he was working out on his own, but he was back for the first practice on Tuesday, and he spoke to the media following Wednesday's practice. This allowed him to explain his absence earlier in the offseason, and he made it clear that his contract situation had nothing to do with it.

Speaking of his contract, Suh also made it clear that his desire is still for a long-term deal with the Lions.

Suh didn't have much to say about why he switched agents, what exactly his relationship is with Roc Nation Sports or anything else related to his contract. He did, however, create a bit of a stir when he mentioned that he could have gone somewhere other than Detroit in the draft back in 2010. It's not clear if he was suggesting that he could have pulled an Eli Manning and demanded a trade or something along the lines of that, but this is what Suh said:

I'm not exactly sure how the decision was in his hands, but I think Suh's point was that he was okay with going to Detroit back in 2010 and he would like to stay in Detroit going forward. Granted, that could just be him saying the right things, and only time will tell if that's truly his desire. In the short term, though, what's really notable here is that Suh is back with the team, under contract for 2014 and in "impeccable" shape. Yes, his long-term future is also important, but simply for 2014, Suh appears to be ready for another All-Pro type of season.